Sport UFC's Randy Costa continues to angle for Adrian Yanez fight: 'We can put on a sick show together'
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Randy Costa‘s campaign to fight Adrian Yanez continues, but this time the stakes are even higher.
Two of the brightest surging contenders in the UFC, Costa (6-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Yanez (13-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) have been exchanging in an amicable back-and-forth on, angling for a fight at UFC 262 in Houston.
Though the UFC is often tentative to pit two prospects against each other, Costa thinks a fight would be guaranteed fireworks. Both are coming off two highlight-reel finishes in the octagon and never fail to deliver.
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“I’m sure you guys see all the stuff going back and forth on Twitter with Adrian Yanez,” Costa told MMA Junkie. “I don’t dislike Adrian Yanez at all. In fact, it’s the complete opposite. I started following him and what he was doing right after his (Dana White’s Contender Series) fight. I like him. He’s like me in the regard that we’re not really here to talk sh*t, we’re just trying to engage and talk with people and be friendly and then we can go out there and get into a fight. I would like to fight Adrian Yanez, and Adrian Yanez has expressed that he would like to fight me. I think that fight is a lot of f***kin fun. I’m a huge fan of his style and what he brings, and I think we can put on a sick show together.
“We’re campaigning to get on the UFC Houston card. As a realist, I probably realize that that fight is probably not gonna happen on that night. But maybe shortly thereafter we can get it done, but we’ll see. I think that fight is a lot of fun. I think if we can put it on a main event prelim-type deal or opening up a pay-per-view or something like that, I think we can really get things going. I think that’s a really exciting fight. We both have head kick knockouts; we both have right hand knockouts. It’s very clear what we’re trying to do. I think it’s a fun fight.”
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But winning streaks won’t be the only thing on the line for this potential barnburner. The loser will have to provide the other a month’s supply of their favorite craving, and Costa is confident that he has what it takes to get his hand raised.
“I’m gonna go out there ,and I’m gonna try and knock him out, and I’m sure he’s gonna do the same,” Costa said. “I don’t have any ill will towards Adrian Yanez. I like Adrian Yanez, I like what he’s about, I like his story, I like how he fights. I just want to compete against him. I think I’m too tricky, I’m too lengthy and I can hit too hard for him, and I’m sure he could say his counters are too good, his movements are too good, and he’s too fast for me. Great, let’s fight and let’s see. I know we could put on a good fight. My prediction for that fight would be somebody getting knocked out at some point during the fight.”
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He continued, “The loser buys the winner a month’s supply of whatever. So if I beat Adrian, Adrian buys me a month’s supply of Reese’s. If Adrian beats me, I buy him a month’s supply of Dr. Pepper. It’s a no-brainer. We both win. We’re both getting more exposure for Reese’s and Dr Pepper, both more exposure for ourselves, a sick fight. What am I missing?”MORE:
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